A story of a fearful unwed teen in a Christian home who receives forgiveness and grace from her pastor father apparently has kicked over a hornet’s nest on the Internet.
Angel Holscher Hatfield, co-executive producer with her husband of the upcoming film “Because of Grácia,” told WND someone hacked into her Facebook accounts and the related bank account three days after FoxNews.com published her opinion piece recounting her story.
The article went viral one week ago, at one time rising to the most-read piece on the news channel’s high-volume website. It drew high praise from many readers and sharp criticism from others, including some who complained that her fear of how her father would react to her pregnancy was a bow to “patriarchy.”
“It’s highly, highly suspicious,” she said of the hack. “I’ve never had anything like this happen.”
Holscher Hatfield said she wrote the op-ed because her story parallels a central character in the movie.
Her piece was titled “I was an unwed teen and had to tell my pastor father. What happened next was an incredible shock.”
She wrote, “Driven by fear I hid my pregnancy for five months, and I knew that the shame and guilt I carried would only amplify – plus usher in condemnation once others learned my secret.”
When she finally found the courage to tell her father, he expressed sorrow and disappointment, acknowledging the consequences, but, to her shock, also love and forgiveness.
“Grace swept over me and unleashed its power, connecting both with my head and and my heart,” she wrote.
WND reported earlier this month that days after the launch of a book arguing fascism and Nazism are ideological spawns of the left, author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza and his promotion team were locked out of his Facebook page by hackers.
D’Souza, author of “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of American Left,” told WND the unidentified hackers began posting spam, including inappropriate content, the day after the book’s release July 31, and he was unable to make any posts himself. The account was later restored.
Hatfield said she has restored her personal account through a back door but has received no word from Facebook.
In her film, which is scheduled for nationwide release Sept. 15, one of the characters faces a test similar to her experience as a teen. That character is contrasted with another one, Gracia, “who makes better choices.”
“In both cases, God is glorified in the end because grace and mercy triumph over death and destruction – and while our paths may be easier when we make the right choices, God is there to gently restore when we stray,” she wrote.
Holscher Hatfield told WND that people of all kinds, whether or not they have faith in God, are “hungry” for grace.
“It’s refreshing to have that gift of a big exhale, where you’re expecting a different reaction, and you’re given something in love,” she said. “There’s power to that.”
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